It’s time to take down your old fence. It’s rotting or breaking or just not working anymore. Before you can put in a new fence, you have to tear down the old fence. In this article, we’ll provide you with 5 tips for tearing down an old fence. We hope they help. Of course, you could always get us, at B.C. Fence to do the job for you.

1) Make the old fence is yours to take down before you begin

Before you even begin tearing down an old fence, you need to make sure the fence is yours to tear down. The fence could be on your . If that’s the case, you’ll need to get permission from your neighbor before you can proceed. You should also notify your utility company and maybe contact your municipal office to figure out where utility lines are buried so you don’t knock out telephone service to half your neighborhood when you are tearing down the old fence.

2) Get the right tools to tear down an old fence

You will also want to get the right tools before you knock a fence post down. Of course, if you opt for a professional fence service like B.C. Fence to take down your fence and put up the new one, we can save you the headache of figuring out exactly what you need. We bring it with us.

3) Know where the weak points are – they’re easiest to take down first

You will need to take a good, hard look at the old fence before it comes down.  You’ll need to know where the weak points are – they’re the best places to start. If you have a stone or brick fence, you may need to enlist help from friends or family.

4) Remove items in order for efficiency

If you’re removing a chain link fence, remove metal fittings and wire ties first. This allows you to peel away the chain link away from the posts without much trouble at all. When you’ve coiled the chain link, you can attack the posts. If rocking the post back and forth doesn’t loosen its concrete base, you’ll need to dig around the concrete. It’s likely you’ll be able to pull the entire concrete boot out with a miniature tractor. If the concrete doesn’t come out, then consider cutting off the posts at the ground level.

5) Stay safe 

No matter what else you do, stay safe. Fence removal can be hard work. Don’t hurt yourself or cause property damage by trying to do things too quickly or if you’re frustrated.

If you’re concerned about whether you can tear down an old fence, then don’t do it. Contact B.C. Fence at 512-284-8716.